dog·​ged | \ ˈdȯ-gəd How to pronounce dogged (audio) \

Definition of dogged

: marked by stubborn determination a dogged competitor dogged devotion

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Other Words from dogged

doggedly adverb
doggedness noun

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obstinate, dogged, stubborn, pertinacious, mulish mean fixed and unyielding in course or purpose. obstinate implies usually an unreasonable persistence. an obstinate proponent of conspiracy theories dogged suggests an admirable often tenacious and unwavering persistence. pursued the story with dogged perseverance stubborn implies sturdiness in resisting change which may or may not be admirable. a person too stubborn to admit error pertinacious suggests an annoying or irksome persistence. a pertinacious salesclerk refusing to take no for an answer mulish implies a thoroughly unreasonable obstinacy. a mulish determination to have his own way

Examples of dogged in a Sentence

Her dogged efforts eventually paid off. a dogged pursuit of power
Recent Examples on the Web Draymond Green is known for his dogged defense, for hissing at officials, and for generally teetering on being combative on anything and everything in between. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, "'Mind-boggling' play of Warriors' Draymond Green leads team to win over Sacramento," 26 Apr. 2021 Myke Towers’ new album, Lyke Mike, is 65 minutes of dogged, hard-nosed trap — full of blaring bass that’s sure to wake up the neighbors, clenched, claustrophobic drums, and drubbing raps. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, "Song You Need to Know: Myke Towers, ‘Pin Pin’," 26 Apr. 2021 Resident Fay Harris was relentless in her pursuit of making sure the mistake was rectified, as was the dogged search through old property and tax records by Tim Mesker, Craig Bobby and others. Marc Bona, cleveland, "John Heisman historical marker is put up at proper house after years of research," 24 Apr. 2021 By episode two—when the series truly hits its stride—Sasquatch has pivoted from teasing suggestions of the supernatural to a dogged investigation of more mundane horrors. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Sasquatch Is an Unsettling Documentary About the Darkest Side of the Golden State," 20 Apr. 2021 Ole Anthony, a Dallas pastor known for his dogged criticism of numerous TV preachers and their lavish lifestyles, died Friday at age 82. Dallas News, "Ole Anthony, Dallas pastor known for relentless investigations into TV preachers, dies at age 82," 18 Apr. 2021 The dogged caretaker, Albert Kothe, regularly labored up the steep hillside with a load of gently tinkling replacement lightbulbs buttoned inside his shirt. Los Angeles Times, "Sick of loud noises and bright lights? Sorry, L.A. has always been like that," 6 Apr. 2021 Radulov’s third assist came after a dogged effort to retrieve the puck in the offensive zone set up Jamie Benn. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Alexander Radulov’s puck pursuit can reap benefits and sow trouble, but his effort is still a big net-positive for Stars," 4 Feb. 2021 There have been many others, including John Ogdon’s Decca recording, a dogged effort to grab you by the lapels and not let go. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Most heavenly holiday music: Messiaen and Christmas in 20 virtuosic piano visions," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of dogged

1700, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dogged

see dog entry 1

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4 May 2021

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“Dogged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dogged

: having or showing the attitude of a person who wants to do or get something and will not stop trying : stubborn and determined


dog·​ged | \ ˈdȯ-gəd How to pronounce dogged (audio) \

Kids Definition of dogged

: stubbornly determined He continued his dogged search for the truth.

Other Words from dogged

doggedly adverb “And I'm doing it for their sakes,” she told herself doggedly— Mary Norton, The Borrowers

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